Rae Gouirand’s first collection of poetry, Open Winter, was selected by Elaine Equi for the Bellday Prize, won an Independent Publisher Book Award for Poetry and the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, and the California Book Award for Poetry. Her second collection, Glass is Glass Water is Water, is forthcoming from Spork Press in October 2018.
An alum of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Michigan, Rae has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Kalani, and the Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence programs, and an award from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation for outstanding work by emerging poets. Since putting down roots in California’s Central Valley in 2003, she has founded numerous longrunning workshops in poetry and prose throughout greater Sacramento and online, served as Writer-in-Residence for the nation’s only conservancy-sponsored public arts program at Cache Creek Nature Preserve, and worked with the literary nonprofit Memoir Journal to develop a national platform for the (In)Visible Memoirs project, a grant-funded program facilitating writing workshops in underserved communities. In recent years she has served as guest editor for OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts and a special issue of Adanna in tribute to Adrienne Rich, and as Nonfiction Editor for California Northern magazine.
She lectures in the Department of English at UC-Davis and is currently at work on a third collection of poems and a work of nonfiction.
Email Rae at rgouirand (at) gmail (dot) com.